NBA Rivals Week: Brown leads Celtics to OT win over Lakers, game round ups

By DJ Arthurs

January 29, 2023

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NBA Rivals Week drew to a conclusion last night with some big big rivalries playing out, many as the bookmakers expected. Saturday 28th January 2023 saw the Celtics beat the Lakers (but fail to cover the spread for the umpteenth time this season), Sixers beat Nuggets and Nets beat Knicks. The biggest odds win was Houston's win (2.70) in Detroit.

LA Lakers 121, Boston Celtics 125 - OT

Betting Results:
Head to Head: Boston Celtics, odds 1.33
Line: LA Lakers (-7.5), odds 1.93 - Celtics failing to beat the spread, again
Total Points: Over (237.5), odds 1.88 - helped by overtime

BOSTON (AP) — Jaylen Brown scored 37 points, making a tying three-point play with 4.1 seconds left in regulation and adding 11 more in overtime as the NBA-leading Boston Celtics snapped a three-game losing streak by beating the archrival Los Angeles Lakers 125-121 on Saturday night.

Brown added nine rebounds, Jayson Tatum had 30 points and 11 rebounds, and Malcom Brogdon scored 15 of his 26 points in the second half of a see-saw game that had 19 lead changes — six in the fourth quarter — and 15 ties.

LeBron James had 41 points, nine rebounds and eight assists, and Anthony Davis had 16 points and 10 rebounds for the Lakers. Patrick Beverly scored 15 points, twice giving the Lakers the lead in the final minute of the fourth, but he also missed a foul shot that might have clinched it and was called for a technical foul on the contentious last play of regulation.

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Denver Nuggets 119, Philadelphia 76ers 126

Betting Results:
Head to Head: Philadelphia 76ers, odds 1.55
Line: Philadelphia 76ers (-4.5), odds 1.93
Total Points: Over (237.5), odds 1.95

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Joel Embiid won the battle of MVP rivals with 47 points and 18 rebounds and Philadelphia extended its winning streak to seven games, beating Nikola Jokic and Denver.

Jokic and Embiid have finished first and second in voting for the NBA’s Most Valuable Player award over the last two seasons. Both are among the top candidates for MVP as this season hits the halfway mark.

Jokic had 24 points, eight rebounds and nine assists. The Nuggets have lost three of four.

James Harden had 17 points and 13 assists for Philadelphia.

New York Knicks 115, Brooklyn Nets 122

Betting Results:
Head to Head: Brooklyn Nets, odds 1.82
Line: Brooklyn Nets (-1.5), odds 1.91
Total Points: Over (226.5), odds 1.88 - by some yards

NEW YORK (AP) — Kyrie Irving scored 21 of his 32 points in the final 9 1/2 minutes, carrying Brooklyn to its ninth straight victory over New York. within five. The All-Star guard also had nine assists and six rebounds.

Joe Harris added 16 points and Nic Claxton had 13 points, 12 rebounds and six assists for the Nets.

Jalen Brunson scored 26 points and RJ Barrett had 24 for the Knicks. They had won consecutive games against Eastern Conference contenders Cleveland and Boston.

LA Clippers 120, Atlanta Hawks 113

Betting Results:
Head to Head: LA Clippers, odds 1.90
Line: LA Clippers (-0.5), odds 1.90
Total Points: Under (233.5), odds 1.92 - by 0.5 points!

ATLANTA (AP) — Kawhi Leonard scored 32 points, including a season-high five 3-pointers, Paul George added 23 points and Los Angeles beat Atlanta for its fifth straight victory.

Trae Young had 12 of his 31 points in the fourth quarter for the Hawks, who whittled a 14-point deficit down to four on De’Andre Hunter’s left corner 3 with 2:09 remaining. But they couldn’t get any closer after George buried a baseline jumper and Nicolas Batum hit a right corner 3 with 49.3 seconds to go.

Phoenix Suns 121, San Antonio Spurs 116 - OT

Betting Results:
Head to Head: Phoenix Suns, odds 1.40
Line: San Antonio Spurs (+6.5), odds 1.88
Total Points: Over (231.5), odds 1.88 - huge help from overtime

SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Chris Paul scored 31 points, Mikal Bridges had 25 and Phoenix escaped with an overtime victory over San Antonio.

San Antonio never led and trailed by 13 early in the fourth quarter, but forced overtime with an 18-7 run in the final four minutes of regulation.

Bridges had eight points in overtime.

Keldon Johnson had 34 points and Jeremy Sochan added a season-high 30 points for the Spurs.

Dallas Mavericks 100, Utah Jazz 108

Betting Results:
Head to Head: Utah Jazz, odds 1.30
Line: Utah Jazz (-7.5), odds 1.88 - by half a point!
Total Points: Under (223.5), odds 1.93 - standard Mavs game!

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Lauri Markkanen scored 29 points, Malik Beasley added 19 and Utah took advantage of Dallas star Luka Doncic’s absence to beat the Mavericks.

Doncic sat out because of a sprained left ankle.

Jordan Clarkson added 14 points for Utah, and Walker Kessler had 14 points, 11 rebounds, and five blocks.

Spencer Dinwiddie had 35 points and eight assists for Dallas.

Sacramento Kings 110, Minnesota Timberwolves 117

Betting Results:
Head to Head: Minnesota Timberwolves, odds 2.00
Line: Minnesota Timberwolves (+2.5), odds 1.88
Total Points: Under (237.5), odds 1.88

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Anthony Edwards had 16 of his 34 points in the pivotal third quarter, D’Angelo Russell scored 25 points and Minnesota held off Sacramento.

Rudy Gobert added 13 points and 14 rebounds for Minnesota, which has won five of six and took the first of two straight meetings between the teams at Target Center. Naz Reid added 14 points off the bench.

Domantas Sabonis had 23 points and 10 rebounds for Sacramento, which has lost three of four after a six-game winning streak. De’Aaron Fox had 21 of his 29 points in the fourth.

Houston Rockets 117, Detroit Pistons 114

Betting Results:
Head to Head: Houston Rockets, odds 2.70 - decent outside odds
Line: Houston Rockets (+5.5), odds 1.91
Total Points: Under (234.5), odds 1.92

DETROIT (AP) — Kenyon Martin Jr. had a four-point possession with 31 seconds left to help Houston beat Detroit in a matchup of the NBA’s worst teams.

Eric Gordon led the Rockets with 24 points. Martin had 15 points and 13 rebounds, and Tari Eason added 16 points and 10 rebounds.

Alec Burks had 21 points for the Pistons. They have lost five of six.

Washington Wizards 113, New Orleans Pelicans 103

Betting Results:
Head to Head: Washington Wizards, odds 2.55 - nice odds!
Line: Washington Wizards (+4.5), odds 1.93
Total Points: Under (230.5), odds 1.92

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Daniel Gafford had a season-high 21 points to go with 12 rebounds and five blocked shots and Washington beat New Orleans for its fifth straight victory.

Bradley Beal scored nine of his 16 points in the fourth quarter for Washington, which also won its fourth straight on the road while sending New Orleans to its seventh straight loss overall.

CJ McCollum scored 24 points for the Pelicans.

Toronto Raptors 123, Portland Trail Blazers 105

Betting Results:
Head to Head: Toronto Raptors, odds 2.30 - another decent outside odds win
Line: Toronto Raptors (+2.5), odds 1.93
Total Points: Under (230.5), odds 1.88

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Precious Achiuwa had 27 points and 13 rebounds in place of the injured OG Anunoby to lead Toronto past Portland.

Pascal Siakam scored 24 points and Gary Trent Jr. added 19 against his former team for the Raptors.

Damian Lillard scored 30 points for Portland.

Chicago Bulls 128, Orlando Magic 109

Betting Results:
Head to Head: Chicago Bulls, odds 1.70
Line: Chicago Bulls (-2.5), odds 1.92
Total Points: Over (231.5), odds 1.88

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — DeMar DeRozan and Zach LaVine each scored 32 points, Nikola Vucevic added 26 points and 13 rebounds and Chicago beat Orlando.

Mo Wagner led the Magic with 27 points, combining with Cole Anthony and Jalen Suggs to lead a furious second-half rally that cut a 25-point deficit to six.

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By The Associated Press and DJ Arthurs | 01/29/23

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